The high bidder was expecting to spend at least $1.5 million
"Veronica Mars" creator Rob Thomas will adapt British series about a group of disenchanted friends
Mandalay Vision and Vertigo Entertainment will now look to cast the psychological thriller
The poster for Fritz Lang's "Metropolis" was appraised at $250,000 but could sell for $1 million
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Inaugural Hollywood-set event also will offer restored "Metropolis."